Published on April 21st, 2010 | by Mark Chesnut

Diverse Traditions, Diverse Costumes in Chile

The huaso is a Chilean cowboy from Chile’s central valley; their wives are called china.

With a territory that runs more than 2,700 miles (4,300 km) from the vast deserts of the north all the way to the Southern tip of South America — not to mention Easter Island in the Pacific — it’s no surprise that the Republic of Chile is home to diverse cultures and traditions. That means you’ll have lots of interesting photo opportunities when you travel to Chile.

During a recent visit (which started in Patagonia and ended in San Pedro de Atacama, in the dramatic Atacama desert — also check out my review of 5 Hot Hotels in the Atacama Desert), I saw several traditional costumes worn by people from various regions. Scroll down to see a few of the most interesting.

More Chile travel tips and inspiration:
Hot Hotels, Cool Culture: 3 Reasons to Visit Santiago de Chile
Top 5 Things to Know About Visiting Patagonia & Torres del Paine National Park
HOTEL REVIEW: Grand Hyatt Santiago

Huaso musical and dance traditions include the cueca
Costumes worn during the Fiesta de La Tirana, an annual religious festival held in the northern town called La Tirana, which takes place in July to honor the Virgen del Carmen. 
Traditional garb from northern Chile.
Dancers performing in costumes worn for special occasions on Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui in the local tongue and Isla de Pascua in Spanish.
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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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